Summer is surely the high season for many of our Mesabi attractions. Ever wonder what goes on at places like Minnesota Discovery Center in the winter? Luckily for all of us, “The Museum of the Iron Range” is open year-round, but of course the popular trolley ride can’t happen with three feet of snow on the ground!

Visit the Museum of the Iron Range any time!

Don’t worry! There’s plenty of other things to see and do at MDC in the winter! You’ll see award-winning exhibits, like “Blue-Collar  Battleground: The Iron Range Labor Story” and “The Emigrant Journey,” where you take an emigrant passport and follow their journey in their new home.

Blue-Collar Battleground received an award from the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

You might even get in on a Family Discovery Day event, where kids and caregivers get to learn, have fun, and most likely get a snack!

Museums are a great place to foster a love of learning!

If outdoor fun is on your agenda, rent snowshoes from MDC and explore their outdoor exhibits, or get in on a guided snowshoe hike every Thursday and Saturday. It’s a great way to experience winter!

Rent ‘shoes for just five bucks!

And what could be better than capping your MDC experience off with a tasty meal and maybe a little music? Visit the Rustic Pig, a Saturday-only onsite restaurant with intriguing menu items and fabulous decor.

Curry salmon from the Rustic Pig made an appearance on the February menu.

When exploring the Mesabi, don’t forget visit our year-round attractions, like Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm!